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Cleveland Long Term and Rehabilitation Facility Gives Residents A Week in the Woods
Camp Cheerful Helps Nursing Home Residents of St. Augustine Experience the Joy of Camping
Cleveland, OH – August 9, 2016 – Summer is time for summer camp. Anyone that has had young children know this, but at Cleveland’s St. Augustine Health Ministries, summer camp is a retreat for folks with a little more experience.
From August 14 through 19, about 30 residents of the long term care facility that typically live on the campus of St Augustine Health Ministries will be embarking on Happy Campers Week at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. These residents will stay at camp the entire week, complete with spending the nights in cabins, while 25 to 40 additional residents will join in on the fun each day at day camp. Residents will be given the opportunity to do typical camp activities, arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, spending time around horses.
While Happy Campers Week takes many volunteers and staff members working hard to make the week a more magical, St. Augustine director of development Dana Carns says the transformation in residents is amazing. “The fresh air, the freedom, and just being away from ‘home’ seems to give residents new energy and more independence. The joy and smiles, combined with creating great memories is just something the staff and the residents look forward to each year.”
Caregivers and staff alike notice the difference in residents while they are at camp. Carns notices that many don’t ask for pain medication and even begin to do more than they would normally. St. Augustine is currently in preparation for Happy Campers Week 2016. You can find out more, donate or sign up to volunteer call 216-939-7602.
About St. Augustine Health Ministries
A service of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, St. Augustine Health Ministries has three facilities in Greater Cleveland – St Augustine Health Campus, Holy Family Home Health Care & Hospice and Emerald Village Senior Living – and offers home health care services, early education & day care, skilled nursing & rehabilitation, independent and assisted living, hospice care and other specialized services. Our continuum of care celebrates and empowers each person to live a life of purpose, independence, and well-being. Skilled, compassionate services are provided regardless of race, creed, religion or finances. More information can be accessed at www.StAugMinistries.org or by calling 216-634-7400.
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